Here are all the Zack Snyder Easter eggs we found lurking in Army of the Dead. Releasing to some considerable fanfare, Army of the Dead had been trapped in development hell for some time, but with no more room in cinema's fiery depths, must finally walk the Earth. Or Netflix. Snyder's premise tips several truckloads of zombies into the iconic resort town of Las Vegas (courtesy of Area 51) and lets carnage unleash. Some time later, when the world has returned to relative normality and Vegas is a quarantine zone, Dave Bautista's Scott is hired to put together a team, reenter the desolate gambling paradise, and recover the millions left in a vault beneath Bly Casino.
To say the heist doesn't go to plan would be quite the understatement, but the massive stacks of untraceable cash aren't the only treasure waiting behind Vegas' encircling wall. Army of the Dead is rammed with all manner of fascinating Easter eggs, including homages to zombie flicks of the past, and a "Where's Waldo" game with paratrooper corpses scattered across the dusty strip. Army of the Dead is also a treat for Zack Snyder fans, and contains a number of subtle (and, indeed, not-so-subtle) callbacks to the director's previous works.
This is par for the course with Snyder. In Zack Snyder's Justice League, for example, the manner of Silas Stone's death is deliberately shot to mirror Doctor Manhattan's transformation in Watchmen. However, the visually frantic backdrop of Las Vegas is far more conducive to slipping Easter eggs into the mix, and Snyder takes full advantage with a wide range of fun nods. Which ones did you notice?
Virtually every zombie story begins with proverbial excrement hitting the fan, and Army of the Dead is no different. The opening minutes reveal how Zeus escaped his military transport (thanks to a couple of a randy newlyweds), and promptly set about decimating the soldiers obliviously serving as his escort. Commanding this convoy is a character played by Michael Cassidy, who previously appeared in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice as Jimmy Olsen. The DCEU version of this long-suffering Superman favorite proved to be a CIA agent undercover as a Daily Planet journalist, and was quickly executed for his troubles. Cassidy's Army of the Dead character is among the last of the troops to get caught by the rampaging Zeus, but gets turned into an Alpha nonetheless. The actor is rapidly becoming the Sean Bean of Zack Snyder movies.
Lounging against the machine since the 1990s, Richard Cheese (probably not his real name) has forged a career out of turning alternative and rock classics into chilled-out swing numbers you could drink a cheap martini to. Greatest hits include covers of System of a Down's "Chop Suey," Guns N' Roses' "Welcome To The Jungle" and Kelis' "Milkshake." Cheese's biggest hit, however, is undoubtedly his laid back take on Disturbed's "Down With The Sickness," which rose to prominence on the soundtrack of Snyder's 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake. Cheese and his band also appeared (albeit less prominently) in Batman V Superman covering Cole Porter.
Richard Cheese lends his dulcet tones and dick jokes to Army of the Dead's opening sequence, singing Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas" on top of chaotic flashbacks depicting the early days of the outbreak. The setup closely mirrors how Cheese's "Down With The Sickness" was used in Snyder's last zombie effort, recreating the ironic joviality against violent imagery.
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